Episode 231: Farewell to an Icon
– Local Spotlight: The Eastern PA Circuit

Featuring the Rabbi Cut Above during the holiday season, we bid farewell to a brand that is close to the Hacks in multiple ways. The Hidden Herf is an honorary smoke that we all know well. The Reverend Harvey has a few incidents during the Current Events. The Rabbi Cut Above and the Pocono Palooza One Hacks compare notes on a handful of the cigar lounges that Eastern PA has to offer.

Local Spotlight – The Eastern PA Circuit

Controversy Corner – Where did he really come from and how did he get here?

Episode 230: The Guessing Game
– Local Spotlight: Elie’s Smoking Lounge; Nashua, NH

Everyone gets into the guessing game as we randomly plow through brand names to pin down the Hidden Herf. The future of Podcast Juice, golf tournaments, and more in the news section. We tweak The Hidden Herf Reveal once again. A recap of last week’s Hamlet event segues into a Jury Duty discussion.

Local Spotlight – Elie’s Smoking lounge; Nashua, NH

Controversy Corner – 600 years and still going strong.

Episode 229: Free Cuba w/Hamlet Parades
– Local Spotlight: The Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Hamlet of Rocky Patel Cigars is back in town, we meet up at The Tobacco Shack for a rolling demonstration event. Afterwards he joins us for this week’s episode. The event was a great success and the Hidden Herf was a winner too. Lots of news items and a couple of e-mail letters landed in the mailbag. In honor of Hamlet we dedicate this episode to the people of his heritage – be free!

Local Spotlight – Hamlet Event atThe Tobacco Shack; Rowley, MA

Controversy Corner – The Strategic Oil Reserve Politics

Episode 228: Back on the road
– Local Spotlight: The Culebra Club; Epping NH

It’s been a while but we’re finally on the road again and visiting the Culebra Club to do a fun episode with a few members at the club. The Hidden Herf is a secret and gets mixed reviews. We go full circle with the Frog Juice and get a first hand report on Cigars for Warriors in the field.

Local Spotlight – The Culebra Club; Epping NH

Controversy Corner – Shortages are going to continue.

Episode 227: Hotdog Pancake II
– Local Spotlight: Cloud Lounge; Salem NH

Comedy Chris is back and we get resolution on the Hotdog Pancake question, of course he throws in another questionable question later in the show for next week. The Hidden Herf is a barber pole lancero. It’s surprising, considering the details on the makeup of this cigar. The Reverend Harvey breaks into a monologue on his life-long cigar smoking journey. Nurse Rick fills in for Mustang Mike and Dommie the Dominator is back with the sound effects.

Local Spotlight – Cloud Lounge; Salem NH

Controversy Corner – The Cigar Store Indian and other iconic symbols.

Episode 226: Hotdog Pancake
– Local Spotlight: Corona Cigar Downtown; Orlando, FL

A member of the crew that has been on hiatus returns this week and brings us a really interesting Hidden Herf. It rates well but it’s the back story that’s even more than we expected. Comedy Chris is out this week so we hold over the Hotdog Pancake reveal until his return. Nurse Rick calls in from Florida at the perfect time for the local spotlight (seriously, not planned!) and gives us a review of another Corona Cigar location. The ESP involved in that timing could be a topic for Controversy Corner.

Local Spotlight – Corona Cigar Downtown; Orlando, FL

Controversy Corner – Devolution

Episode 225: Table for Four
– Local Spotlight: Eli’s Smoking Room and The Shriners Event

It’s a small group this week, a bunch of Hacks are out of town, but Nurse Rick calls in from sunny Florida. We have some local lounge news, a report from March Madness, updates, and more. The Hidden Herf is interesting and does well with the panel.

Local Spotlight – Eli’s Smoking Room and The Shriners Event

Controversy Corner – Look behind the curtain.

Episode 224: Presidents Day Palooza
– Local Spotlight: Touring in the Oscuro III

There are plenty of cigar related topics this week along with the usual hijinks. The Hidden Herf stumps the panel, but gets a good rating. We take the Oscuro III out on Presidents Day for a cruise around the countryside and visit four lounges.

Local Spotlight – Touring in the Oscuro III

Controversy Corner – Where Presidents and Cigars intersect

Episode 223: That’s a big Lance You Have There
– Local Spotlight: El Toro; Hudson, NH

The Hidden Herf is an 8×38 Lancero and the panel is intrigued by this one. It turns out to be an 8 year old Dominican that after a few clues Taco Steve figures out. There are the usual news and events updates, a few laughs, and plenty of cigar talk. We went to the Tobacco Shack to watch the Superbowl last Sunday and we stopped by the Drew Estate Event at El Toro this past Thursday. We have a few stories from the road.

Local Spotlight – Local Spotlight: El Toro; Hudson, NH

Controversy Corner – It turns out we were right all along!

Episode 222: I Broke My Freakin’ Leg Bro
– Local Spotlight: Plaistow Cigar; Plaistow, NH

Hackapalooza 1.0 gave us the infamous saying: “Are you trying to break my freakin’ leg bro?”. Well, this week Nurse Rick does it to himself on some black ice and then calls in while on the loopy meds. It’s pretty funny as he zones in and out of the conversation. We also have a visit from Arnie and the Silent Partner. The hidden Herf is awful wonky, some would say: “awful and wonky”. It’s the usual fun and antics along with a few laughs.

Local Spotlight – Plaistow Cigar; Plaistow, NH

Controversy Corner – Enough already and Policy vs. Pandemic